What’s good folks? I started this site to bring you some of the hottest artist in SC, and I intend to do just that. Meet Doe Stacks of Hemingway, S.C. I did an interview with him, via email, and it is posted below. His contact information will be listed at the end of the interview. Enjoy and share. Thank you for visiting.
1) What’s up Doe? How’s everything?
Coolin mane, no complaints!
2) Tell everyone a little about yourself — where are you from, how old you are, and how and when did you first recognized your gift. I’m from Hemingway SC. Aka Dopehole USA.
I first realized my gift when I was 12. I was visiting my pops in Brooklyn, like I did most summers, and some dudes were on the block in a cypher — all of them were way older than me. I just was feeling myself that day and stepped into the cypher and bodied everything. First time ever trying. I felt natural so I stuck with it.
3) Speaking of gift, I’ve heard your music back in the day, and noticed then that you had a unique skill-set for reaching your listeners. Today, I can hear maturity and wisdom in your lyrics, and you still carry that trait to connect and move people. You have managed to keep it hood, streets and at the same time, send a strong message. What are your influencers, i.e. what moves you to speak what you speak?
It’s just a natural thing, I don’t force anything with the music I do whatever the beat asks me to do, and I’m capable of that because I stay true to myself. I’m influenced by only the greats — Big, Jay, Scarface, Beans as far as hip hop goes, but my musical pallets span was farther than hip hop. GOOD MUSIC IS GOOD. Real life experience influence my music 100%, that’s why folks relate to me, I don’t sell them dreams I give it to them raw.
4) Are you currently making any moves outside the local areas to market and brand yourself (like touring or just catching open mics in different cities and states, for example)? Yea, I’m doing a whole lot of networking in and outside of S.C.
I’ve got a LARGE family so I’ve been blessed to meet with some great people.
5) Do you have a crew, or label, or anyone you’re recruiting to come up in this game?
Nah, not really too much of a crew. Anybody you see with me is usually fam, like Dat Boy Rich or Meltrackz or Young Playboy.
6) Would you like to go commercial or stay underground? If you go commercial, do you think industry giants will try to dictate the content you write, and if so, how will you deal with it? Will you let them control you to that extent or would you refuse and remain free to your expression — even if the risk was possibly losing the deal?
Nowadays, I feel like there really is no commercial or underground. Hip Hop is so spread out Til u will be exploited in some way, so it really doesn’t matter to me. I’m one of those artists that are grounded so I never get to high/low. A deal is something like slavery right now, so I’d rather partner with a label than sign to them.
7) What’s your opinion on being a role model and pointing our youth in the right direction? If you see a child making a mistake that you have made and learned from, would you take the time to tell them better?
As far as a role model, I fell like we should lead by example. These kids are smart nowadays, so our actions speak louder than our words to them. I usually go outta my way to inspire the youth to take the right path and notable the mistakes I did. Even though experience is the best teacher u still don’t wanna see them make your old mistakes.
8) A lot of rap artists have this tunnel vision of getting a record deal and being set for life, but this is a business and in order for a business to sustain, it must, eventually, evolve. Have you set any business goals that will crossover after you have made your run in the rap game? If so, briefly tell us about it.
A deal is just that, A DEAL, once you sign those papers you are in debt, and if you don’t have good spending habits or are educated on how net really works you’re setting yourself up. I have a few ventures I’m into. I co-own Trumission Kennels, and I’m still ghostwriting. It’s a passion of mines. I love to write it’s really where the money’s at.
7) Finally, tell everyone where you and your works can be found online and also how to contact you for booking.
https://twitter.com/DoeStacks843, https://www.facebook.com/courtney.d.dickerson, https://soundcloud.com/doestacks843, http://www.reverbnation.com/doestacks, and email: Doestacks843@gmail.com.
9) Is there anything that you would like add before we end this conversation?
I’d just like to tell everybody to keep God first, chase your dreams, stay positive and find what makes you happy in life and try to make it work for you and your career.
“Thanks for your time and be blessed in all your endeavors”.
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Article By: Fruzsina Eordogh
The Daily Dot
September 3, 2011
Eleven-year-old Savion Stanfield, aka “Lil Savion,” is currently making waves — both good and bad– on the Internet with her attitude-filled rap song “Don’t Make Me Snap My Fingers.”
“Don’t make me snap my fingers in a Z formation, hip rotation, booty sensation. Elbow-elbow, wrist-wrist, snap-snap, kiss-kiss” chants Lil Savion.
Rafaela Stanfield, Lil Savion’s mom, explained her daughter was inspired by all the cheerleaders at the football and basketball games (Savion plays basketball at school). “That’s some of the things they chanted.” And cheerleading movie “Bring It On” is one of Lil Savion’s favorite’s.
If the chorus of “Don’t Make Me Snap My Fingers” sounds familiar, that’s because it originates from a common school yard chant. The “Z Formation” finger snap was popularized in the 90’s by an In Living Color sketch by comedians Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier, though trading insults with finger “snapping” dates back to “The Dozens,” a game played by American slaves.
Local rapper Phillip Davis said he loved her stuff so he shot it for her.
“She was telling me one day that she had written a song and dance,” said Davis, who goes by “Conflict” in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina hip hop community. “She has a passion for writing,” said Davis, whose dream is to one day have a production company named STO Productions.
Savion’s father, Rich Black, came up with the beat, because Savion “wanted to make a song she could dance to” said Stanfield. Everyone in the family got involved with the video, including Savion’s distant cousins. And Savion’s school was gracious enough to let them shoot the video during after hours.
When “Don’t Make Me Snap My Fingers” was originally uploaded in October of last year, it sat at couple thousand views – until last week when views of the video shot up at an exponential rate.
The blog, Crunktastical, featured the video on August 22nd, recommending it to its readers. Then on Sept. 1, the video caught the eye of Buzzfeed on September 1st, in a quick post referencing Rebecca Black, who is often ridiculed.
Once Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 picked up the video, “Don’t Make Me Snap My Fingers” spread like wildfire on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter . Lil Savion’s song currently has nearly 260,000 views.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=755oNLbzqYQ]
“We’re very surprised — and she loves it,” said Stanfield, adding that all the attention is very exciting for her daughter. When she picked up her daughter at school yesterday, everyone was talking about her song.
Besides the love and encouraging words, like “this video is cute” or “this song is super catchy”, “Don’t Make Me Snap My Fingers” has gotten an alarming amount of hate — mostly in the form of racial epithets. At one point, the top comment on YouTube called Lil Savion a “hoodrat.”
David Mills wrote on Facebook via the Tosh.0 blog, “She looks like she’s 11 so I’m sure her kids are proud of her.”
Jonathon Wallen wondered if she was forced into doing this video, to which Bret Dixon replied, “That’s what I am thinking. Momma needs more crack, gotto make my baby famous so she can make me some money.”
Others made fun of Lil Savion’s eye, calling her “Fishy” on YouTube (she had to have surgery on her eye as a baby).
Stanfield doesn’t understand why “people would go make discouraging comments on a little girl’s video” but ultimately got over it by saying “there are always negative people out there.” The comments about Lil Savion’s eye hurt her the most.
As for the comments calling Stanfield a bad mother, she called them “crazy. We support her very much and wouldn’t let her do anything that was inappropriate. She’s fully clothed, and doesn’t do any inappropriate moves. It was all done with a child’s perspective.”
Davis was also a little perturbed by the hate… “I guess people have the rights to their own opinion. I am sorry that people are hating on it, but we do what we do because we love to do it,” Davis said. “We did the video out of enjoyment and will do more.”
Lil Savion, on the other hand, wasn’t as phased by the negative comments. “These comments kind of hurt her feelings at first, but then she told me, ‘Mom, comments like that make me want to do better, work harder.’ I’m so proud of her for doing that,” said Stanfield.
Since October, Lil Savion has written two songs that need to be recorded, and is working on another two.
“Her dream is to be a singer, but if that doesn’t work out, she wants to be a lawyer. She’s very ambitious.” Visit Savion’s official website at http://lilsavion.com/
“Don’t Make Me Snap My Fingers” and her upcoming music is available for download on SoundClick.com